Tulsa International Mayfest celebrates its 40th anniversary with three outstanding nights of music. All performances are free and open to the public and take place on the Williams Green Stage on Third Street between Main and Boston in downtown Tulsa.
Thursday May 17 – Tulsa’s own innovative JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY w/ The Loaded Dice (details below)
Friday May 18 – Award winning Alt-Country crooner HAYES CARLL w/ Scott Ellison (details below)
Saturday May 19 – Rounder & Decca Recording artist and Tulsan JD MCPHERSON w/ Chicago’s roots rocker Robbie Fulks Trio (details below)
*Support acts from 8-9:15 pm; Headliners 9:30-11:00 pm all three nights.
JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY (Thursday May 17) Since 1994, JFJO has been playing its own brand of impressionistic and improvisational music to audiences worldwide. Performing in some of the best venues and festivals, JFJO’s current lineup of Tulsa players consists of Brian Haas (piano), Josh Raymer (drums), Chris Combs (lap steel) and Jeff Harshbarger (double bass). JFJO’s music transcends boundaries and generates an all-encompassing sensory experience for the listener. www.jfjo.com
HAYES CARLL BAND (Friday May 18) Austin based Hayes Carll’s latest release KMAG YOYO, was the #1 most played Americana album in 2011. It’s full of everything from fiery rock to twangy country, with a touch of pensive folk and gospel thrown in for good measure. A self-described master of “degenerate love songs”, Carll has appeared on the tonight show and Austin City Limits. His self-deprecating sense of humor and in between song patter, along with some great musical chops, have made him a festival favorite. Talented Oklahoma musician, Travis Linville, is Carll’s go to side man and will be performing with Carll at Mayfest. www.hayescarll.com
JD MCPHERSON (Saturday May 19) Yanish, Oklahoma native, and now Tulsan, JD McPherson has been on a wild ride this past year. Named by NPR as an “artist you should know” in 2011, McPherson will make his Rounder Records debut on April 17 with a rerelease of Signs & Signifiers, McPherson’s latest album, originally recorded and produced by Chicago’s Hi-Style Records. The album will be distributed in Great Britain under the venerable Decca Records Label. The music has a rootsy, bluesy sound with hints of rockabilly, and the original recording was all done on vintage analog equipment. A film major, McPherson shot videos to promote the release, and the video for the single “North Side Gal” has become a Youtube favorite. Big things are in store for this Oklahoma boy. www.jdmcpherson.com Opening for McPherson and his band is Chicago roots rocker Robbie Fulks. The Chicago Tribune says Fulks is “a masterly, multi-faceted songwriter who can belt out hip-shaking honky tonk, honeydew pop and chilling little ballads. So good he’s scary.” The highly entertaining Fulks will be joined by the talented Robbie Gjersoe (longtime guitarist for The Flatlanders and Jimmy Dale Gilmore.) www.robbiefulks.com
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Tulsa International Mayfest is a family friendly outdoor tribute to the arts and music created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual art lovers. More than 350,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, celebrating 40 years of Mayfest, on May 17-20, 2012. Mayfest is presented by MidFirst Bank. Other sponsors include Cricket Communications, Williams, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Metropolitan Real Estate Investments, LLC, T.D. Williamson, Waste Management, OSU-Tulsa, The Gelvin Foundation, Kanbar Properties, GuRuStu Group and Hyatt Regency.